Here are some descriptions of the techniques Dr. Kelly uses in her office. Reading these will help you to understand what she is doing and why she is using some items during the adjustment such as pelvic blocks, the Activator or "clicker", the ArthroStim, and drop pieces on the tables. To achieve the best results, Dr. Kelly uses several techniques while adjusting each patient depending on their specific needs and requests.
The Adjustment - Spinal manipulation is the overall process of spinal adjustment used by a chiropractor to retrain the spine and surrounding muscles to adapt to a healthier state of function. Spinal manipulation is used to increase joint mobility as the doctor uses a precise amount of force and direction to bring the specific vertebra back into alignment with the rest of the spinal column, bringing it into balance and allowing your nervous system to work without interference.
Extremity Adjustment - Chiropractors use extremity manipulation to mobilize muscles and joints that may be causing musculoskeletal problems. The goal of extremity adjusting is to restore mobility and nerve supply to joints and extremities that are affecting the nervous system and causing pain such as the shoulder, wrist, ankle, and foot.
Sacro-occipital Technique - Also called SOT, this is a chiropractic technique that is based on a system of analysis. The chiropractor looks for certain indicators such as specific weak or tight muscles to know how to address the patient's body at that time. After adjustment, these indicators are checked again to see if they have cleared and if the adjustment has been made. This technique uses wedge shaped blocks during treatment to help stabilize the pelvis which supports the rest of the spine.
The Activator - also affectionately referred to as "the little clicker". This is a hand held adjustment tool that a chiropractor can use to correct vertebral and pelvic misalignments. It has a varying level of force that can be set by the doctor, depending on the segment and patient being adjusted. It is very specific and can be very gentle to be used on a day old infant and elderly patients with Osteoporosis. When turned up to full force, the Activator can effectively adjust a muscular young adult. There will be no "cracking" heard during this adjustment.
ArthroStim - The ArthroStim can be called the next generation activator. This device is more user specific as it can be adjusted to deliver from a few ounces of force up to 40 pounds of force. The force is adjusted depending on the initial pressure placed upon the patient's body by the chiropractor. What is important is that the ArthroStim instrument produces twelve thrusts a second. Twelve hertz is a higher frequency than that achieved with more traditional adjustment devices and certainly hand adjusting. This frequency is known as "the low beta somatomotor rhythm." This frequency is said to more correctly reverberate through the joint and into more distant tissues, which in turn releases more distant trigger points. By delivering a 12-14 hertz impulse, the ArthroStim divides the energy of a single chiropractic adjustment into “rapid successive inputs.” In this way, the ArthroStim maintains a consistent peak force, allowing the chiropractor to administer a more comfortable, effective adjustment. The total impulse of a chiropractic adjustment is divided into equal, smaller impulses known cumulatively as the “controlled repetitive input.” This leads to an aggregate effect on neural receptors and extensive neurological feedback to the brain while simultaneously using a greatly reduced single impulse. Thus, the ArthroStim, with its less forceful method stimulates only mechano- and proprio-receptors without activating pain receptors. This is known as a “neurological assist” technique and allows the chiropractor to manage and treat more conditions than they could with a more traditional chiropractic approach. Again, there is no "cracking" during this adjustment.
The Thompson Drop - The Thompson Technique is another method of adjustment that involves analyzing the length of the legs. This technique uses a ‘drop table’ for adjustment, where a gentle thrust is applied to the joints, which in turn, sets the drop piece into motion and targets the specific joint or tissue. After completing a leg check analysis, the chiropractor will determine the type of misalignment – cervical, pelvic, etc,- and then adjusts the leg lengths using a combination of multiple thrusts on various joints. Like the Activator and ArthroStim adjustment, the "crack" will not be heard as the table drop piece makes its own noise.
Gonstead - This method was developed by Dr. Clarence S. Gonstead in 1923, and has since been used to treat a variety of conditions. Gonstead chiropractic techniques address all areas of subluxation – the areas where the spine is out of alignment and is causing a pinched nerve. The Gonstead technique is known for side posture adjusting where the patient lies on their side and is "folded into a pretzel" to adjust areas in the low back and pelvis.
Chiropractic Biophysics - CBP technique uses corrective exercise, traction and adjusting protocols to correct spine and posture deviations back towards normal alignment. By correcting whole spine misalignments, more permanent corrections of your ailments can be achieved. CBP is the most thoroughly researched technique in chiropractic today, with more than half of the technique publications being published in medical and orthopedic scientific journals. This technique is also referred to as Mirror Imaging.